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US an outlier: Maternal mortality rates rise since 2000 – UW study finds

US an outlier: Maternal mortality rates rise since 2000 – UW study finds

By Micheal Ollove Stateline Although the United States recently experienced a slight drop in maternal deaths, the nation’s maternal mortality rate has risen steeply since 2000 at the same time it fell by more than a third globally. New data from the University of Washington’s Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, a research group funded […]

September 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Reporter’s Notebook: Pregnant and caught in Zika test limbo

Reporter’s Notebook: Pregnant and caught in Zika test limbo

By Sammy Mack, WLRN Kaiser Health News I’m the health reporter covering the Zika story here at WLRN in Miami, and I’m a pregnant woman. When Florida Gov. Rick Scott made free Zika testing available to all pregnant Floridians through the Florida Department of Health, I was one of the more than 2,200 women who […]

September 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Experts say stepped-up monitoring crucial as Zika’s threat lasts beyond birth

Experts say stepped-up monitoring crucial as Zika’s threat lasts beyond birth

By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News As the Zika virus spreads both at home and abroad, new information is bringing to light how children — even those who at birth do not show obvious signs of impairment — are likely at a greater risk than previously believed. This possibility, experts say, is highlighting a need to better […]

September 6, 2016 | By | Reply More
Spike in rates of pregnancy-related deaths spurs soul-searching in Texas

Spike in rates of pregnancy-related deaths spurs soul-searching in Texas

By Nina Martin ProPublica Last week, researchers studying maternal mortality in the U.S. reported an ominous trend: The rate of pregnancy-related deaths in Texas seemed to have doubled since 2010, making the Lone Star State one of the most dangerous places in the developed world to have a baby. Reproductive health advocates were quick to […]

August 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
Researchers identify Zika proteins that target fetal brains

Researchers identify Zika proteins that target fetal brains

By Carmen Heredia Rodriguez Kaiser Health News Scientists at the University of Southern California discovered a key weapon used by the Zika virus to ravage the brains of infected fetuses: proteins. In an article published Thursday in the journal Cell Stem Cell, researchers identified two proteins in Zika potentially responsible for causing microcephaly. Microcephaly is […]

August 11, 2016 | By | Reply More
I’m an OB-GYN treating women with Zika: This is what it’s like

I’m an OB-GYN treating women with Zika: This is what it’s like

By Christine Curry Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology University of Miami TheConversation.com As a medical student, I remember reading books about the early days of the HIV epidemic and wondering what it was like for doctors to take care of patients who had a new, unknown disease. It seemed to me like it would […]

August 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
Zika: Game-changer for Florida OB/GYN doctors

Zika: Game-changer for Florida OB/GYN doctors

By Sammy Mack, WLRN Kaiser Health News Late last fall, Dr. Christine Curry was at a faculty meeting with her colleagues when the conversation turned to new reports linking the Zika virus to a surge in microcephaly in infants in Brazil. “I think it’s fair to say that most obstetricians had never heard of this […]

August 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
Breastfeeding and insurance: learn your rights

Breastfeeding and insurance: learn your rights

From the Office of the Insurance Commissioner This week is World Breastfeeding Week, when people from all over the world celebrate breastfeeding. It may surprise you to hear that there’s a connection between breastfeeding and insurance. The Affordable Care Act requires most health insurance plans to provide breastfeeding and lactation support, equipment and counseling to women during […]

August 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
Women and Zika: Smart questions and a few solid answers

Women and Zika: Smart questions and a few solid answers

By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News This story was first published June 13; It was last updated July 29. The Zika virus is now being actively spread in the continental United  States, Florida officials announced Friday. The virus, which is principally transmitted by mosquitoes, has been triggering public health warnings — especially among women of […]

July 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
CDC urges doctors to aggressively test pregnant women for Zika

CDC urges doctors to aggressively test pregnant women for Zika

By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is calling on doctors to more aggressively screen pregnant women for the Zika virus and to take advantage of new testing technology to improve the diagnosis, follow-up and monitoring of those who have been infected. The guidance, published Monday, comes amid growing concerns about […]

July 26, 2016 | By | Reply More